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General Board / Re: How Time Consuming????
« on: March 26, 2007, 07:34:32 AM »
The "it depends on how efficient you are" thing is really key.  The easiest way to have no free time is to listen to anyone and everyone willing to offer you suggestions on how to study.  You really need to find out for yourself.  There's a chance that to understand the material, especially early in your law school career, you'll have to spend all your time studying.  And in say the first semester of 1L, you might way to play it safe and lean toward studying more than you need to.  But you probably won't if you have effective study skills (work smarter not harder) and work for yourself, not how much or how long someone says you should.

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General Board / Re: Top 10%??
« on: January 23, 2007, 09:22:29 AM »
You have a great shot at that sort of curve.  I doubt that most schools will care that you did worse in LR&W, especially if the school doesn't grade it anyway.

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General Board / Re: triple majoring.
« on: January 23, 2007, 09:20:31 AM »
Do not graduate in two years.  You open yourself up to a slight risk of being rejected because a school thinks you are too young.  I believe there's an 18 year-old 1L wandering around our halls, but he/she must have been an exceptional candidate.

If you are fresh out of high school and are asking this, stay for four years.  Even if you don't get rejected for being too young, law school will be really hard to deal with at 19 or 20.  I started law school at 21 and I still feel a little out of place.  College is most useful as a growing up process before law school.

I agree with everyone else too.  Double major, take light loads, join clubs, get an internship, work a job, etc.  Not because law schools care, they really don't, but because you'll be a better person because of it, and who knows, you might find you don't want to go to law school anyway.

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General Board / Re: HOLY *&^% I GOT AN A!
« on: January 05, 2007, 08:53:51 PM »
One of the things about law school that's so weird is that you can learn as much from discussing your good exams with the professor as you can discussing your bad exams, since very few people know why they got good grades, especially as a 1L.

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General Board / Re: Law Review: Should their be a Candidacy Requirement?
« on: January 05, 2007, 08:50:26 PM »
Our law review has a note requirement, 25-40 pages, and the standard is "good faith."  Translation: if you have over 100 footnotes, you're probably ok.

I know our law review needs it for content.  I don't know what the issue is, but they've put out a supplementary call for papers because we were short for our final issue (although we added an extra issue for a symposium this year).  So there was extra emphasis on making sure you wrote a good note since the odds of it getting published by this law review seem very good, if that's important to you.

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General Board / Re: Do people study over break?
« on: January 03, 2007, 08:03:33 AM »
It's hard to get significantly ahead over break.  Most people need the rest after the first semester of 1L.  I don't think it's a good idea to hit the textbooks or commercial outlines during the break, you risk getting burnt out in April, May, and/or June.  Try getting some lighter, law-related reading, like popular nonfiction about law, which will keep at least a bit of your brain in law mode, but you won't expect yourself to retain and remember that sort of stuff.

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General Board / Re: Smoking Ban
« on: January 03, 2007, 07:56:54 AM »
I wonder if there will be a challenge with a chance of success if IU decides to go through with a plan in the very early stages of discussion to ban smoking on campus, after already banning smoking in all buildings, and within 30 feet of doors, windows, and ventilation intakes.

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General Board / Re: So let's say you pull all Bs?
« on: December 28, 2006, 08:54:06 AM »
You probably won't be at the top of your class.  You probably won't be able to grade on to law review, if your school allows that.  What you're fighting for after all Bs the first semester is to get into a position where you have a real shot at getting a job through OCI, which means you typically need to be in the top 1/3 of your class.

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General Board / Re: Getting ahead during break - good idea?
« on: December 28, 2006, 08:51:52 AM »
I think if you're going to read law during the break, it shouldn't be a casebook, hornbook, or supplemental outline.  Go run some specific searches on Amazon and look for some lighter reading on subjects like eminent domain, if you haven't covered them.

I'll read ahead the first week or so, but I always try to get my reading done in week-long chunks.

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General Board / Re: Anyone else get burnt out or is it just me
« on: December 19, 2006, 02:53:24 PM »
I think your misunderstanding the OP.  I think the schedule was a 3-4 week long finals period, with finals every 3-5 days.  That is a somewhat cushy schedule, but not nearly as cushy as a month to study followed by finals that spread out.

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